Press Release

Jewish Dems Endorse in Nine Key House and Gubernatorial Races Where Jewish Voters Will Have an Impact

October 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) today announced its endorsement of nine candidates and incumbents running for the House and governorships across the country, bringing to 123 its total number of endorsements in the 2022 election cycle. The majority of candidates endorsed seek to represent districts or states with substantial Jewish populations, and are running against Republican extremists who traffic in the Big Lie and oppose abortion rights.

These endorsements build off of the success of JDCA’s Path to Victory: Democracy Depends on Us virtual rally that gathered more than 500 Jewish Dems from across the country to hear from more than 30 leading Democratic members of Congress and candidates on September 20. By reaching Jewish voters through digital advertising, phone and text banks, and events, JDCA is focused on its unique model of targeting Jewish voters in races where these voters will make a critical difference in electing Democrats.

JDCA CEO Halie Soifer said, “Across the country, there’s a clear contrast between Democratic candidates who share our values, including defense of democracy and abortion access, and Republicans whose values are antithetical to those of American Jews. JDCA is proud to support these Democrats because they align with the priorities of Jewish voters, who will help to ensure they win in November. ”

JDCA Chair Ron Klein added, “Rep. Charlie Crist (FL) and Gov. Kathy Hochul (NY) are working to defeat extremist Republicans running for governor in my home state of Florida and many Florida Jews’ home state of New York. The whole country has witnessed the inhumanity of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose priorities are completely contrary to those of Florida Jews on issues such as immigration, abortion, and democracy, and we’re aiming to elect Charlie Crist and defeat DeSantis in November.”

JDCA’s latest endorsees include:

  • Gov. Kathy Hochul (NY)
  • Former Gov. and Rep. Charlie Crist, Candidate for Governor of Florida
  • Rep. Mary Peltola (AK-AL)
  • Carl Marlinga, Candidate in MI-10
  • Robert Zimmerman, Candidate in NY-03
  • Laura Gillen, Candidate in NY-04
  • Dan Goldman, Candidate in NY-10
  • Matt Castelli, Candidate in NY-21
  • Brad Pfaff, Candidate in WI-03

For more information on JDCA’s 2022 election strategy or to connect with CEO Halie Soifer, please reach out to [email protected]